Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Rescue / shelter organization
Posted May 17, 2015
Some people aren't fond of doves; I myself love adding them to a space. In fact, I have a pair in my home office, as I write this, and they are cooing.
That's the thing about the dove: that coo. Almost certainly, you will love it or hate it, so make sure you enjoy the noise before you bring a dove into your home. I, like many people, find it very soothing, and enjoy having them in the room.
Doves come in many varieties of coloration, but the most recognizable are the pied and white varieties. Regardless, this really isn't the bird for you if you are looking for bright, vivid coloration. They don't talk or mimic, and I have had small success in giving them any advanced training. No, this is a bird that, while social and friendly, is fairly low maintenance. I have had success letting them free fly in a room, but this can be messy and they require some coaxing back into the cage... don't try this unless you have a very secure room!
Doves can be a bit picky. They sometimes go off their diet, and you should supplement it with a bit of fresh fruit or vegetables. They also, like many birds, like to throw seed hulls and bits of food out of the cage, so make sure you can sweep their area easily. However, this is a great beginner bird or a companion for a frequently used room, or for people on the go. I myself thoroughly enjoy doves and will likely always keep a pair.